Newsletter: 17th March 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
2nd Sunday of Lent
Psalter – Week 2
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday (STA) Comm – St Cyril of Jerusalem
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Solemnity – St Joseph
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday (STA) Feria 
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Stations of the Cross

Thursday (AS) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH 2019: Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities. That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

LATIN IN LENT
During the season of Lent the music at Mass needs to be more sombre in tone to reflect the season. We will therefore sing the Mass setting to the simplex Latin tone at the 6pm Vigil Mass and 11am Mass. Music and text can be found in the hymn book (number 505 for the Sanctus and 509 for the Angus Dei). There is of course no Gloria sung or said during Lent and the word Alleluia is not used until Easter.

WHERE IS ST PATRICK?
As St Patrick’s day falls on a Sunday this year the Sunday Solemnity has to take precedence and so St Patrick’s day is not observed liturgically in England and Wales. We do of course ask for his intercession and remember in our prayers the Church and people of Ireland. St Patrick, ora pro nobis!

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND:
CAFOD “Family Fast Day”. Drought, floods and storms are having a devastating impact on our global family. Through CAFOD’s global Church network your support can reach to the ends of the earth. At the 11am Mass at All Saints, CAFOD partner Rawan who will be sharing with us her work – equipping and empowering Palestinian and Jewish young people to bring change to their communities so as to build a more peaceful and egalitarian society. We welcome her to our community

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT
7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!
£3 per head, Children Free

SAFEGUARDING
As you are aware the Catholic Church takes its responsibility for safeguarding our young and vulnerable adults very seriously. Periodically we audit our safeguarding records to ensure that they are complete. We would therefore be grateful if all leaders of the groups that are active as part of our parish would register their name, group and contact details with Marie Day, our safeguarding representative. Marie’s email address is mdparishrep@gmail.com

SVP KINDLY REQUEST YOUR HELP…
with the following: 2 seater sofa, settee; small chest of drawers; side tables; coffee tables; small single or double wardrobes. Please call SVP on: 07788796378

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Org anised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). Begins at 1:30pm. NB: There is ample parking at the Church!

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU: 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
A deposit of £250 per person is now due ASAP along with completed booking forms. Cheques should be made payable to Northern Star Travel. Forms and Cheques should then be sent to Mike Smith, 24 Lambourn Court, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes MK4 2DA. Any queries please contact Mike Smith on 01908 507184
or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THE PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March at Northampton Cathedral. If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556.

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity SEPO. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help. If you would like a Mass said by Fr Francis please: Write your name on an envelope. Write what / who your intention is for and enclose an offering. We suggest a donation £10 per Mass. Please mark the Envelope “SEPO”. The envelope can be placed in the collection basket, handed in at the Parish Office or given to Fr Christopher or Fr Benedetto.

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE FOOD BANK – St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints Parish has now contributed 1,000 bags of food to the Food Bank. Many thanks for your continued support.

JOB VACANCY
Full Time Youth Ministry Coordinator – NYMO
A rare opportunity has occurred to join our youth ministry office (NYMO) and take youth ministry in the Diocese of Northampton into its next phase of development. The offices are based in Luton, but the role will involve travel throughout the diocese. Support with relocation can be provided if necessary, the detail of which would depend on the needs of the candidate. For full details of the role, job profile and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or call 01604 714840. The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 26th March 2019 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 9th April 2019.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HOLY IN EVERYDAY LIFE? A Day of Reflection for Catholic Women on: Living in the Spirit of Gaudete et Exsulate. A chance to consider Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to “Rejoice and be Glad”. Led by Sister Kate Stogdon.
Saturday 6th April 2019 11:00am to 3pm (coffee from 10:30am at Our Lady of Grace, Squirrel Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4RY (Please bring a packed lunch).

DIOCESAN MASS FOR MARRIED LIFE
Bishop Peter Doyle invites you to celebrate your marriage with your family at a special Mass on Saturday 6th April 2019, 12noon at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Aspley Hill, Woburn Sands, MK17 8NN. If this is a special anniversary year for you please contact the Diocese on 07412151517 or email: mfl@northamptondiocese.com

SUNDAY COLLECTION GIVING ENVELOPES
If you are signed up to the Parish envelope scheme then your new box of envelopes is ready for collection. Envelopes are available from St Thomas Aquinas Church (on the heaters on the right hand side of the Church) this weekend and from All Saints Church next weekend. If you are not on the envelope scheme and would like to be please contact Jo at the Parish Office.

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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